Father of the Year (2018) – Review

David Spade stars as a deadbeat father, whose son comes home to visit before embarking on his dream job in New York. Relationships are strained, futures potentially destroyed and there’s a lot of crash landings, but at least there’s a happy ending in typical cliché movie fashion. Father of the Year is currently stream on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Director: Tyler Spindel
Writers: Tyler Spindel, Brandon Cournoyer
Starring: David Spade, Nat Faxon, Joey Bragg, Matt Shively

As far as recent Netflix productions go, there’s certainly worse to stumble across when you’re wanting to kick back and watch a light-hearted American comedy, but there’s more than likely better too. Father of Year had its good moments, but it also had its bad ones too.

In terms of the plot, at times it seemed a little awkward – Wayne (David Spade) felt like he wasn’t particularly needed, as much of his contribution was aimed around a feud with Mardy (Nat Faxon) after their two sons had a debate (in rather childish fashion) over whose father would win in a fight. Wayne essentially spent much of his on-screen time getting drunk and trying to fight his rival, but did endear himself in the conclusion of the movie when trying to make up for his past shenanigans.

With that being said, there was a deeper message behind this film however, it involved the two friends (Ben and Larry) trying to find their way in life, with one ultimately falling for the hometown girl, and the other signing up for the marines. The characters were interesting enough for you to care about them and the casting was done well, so you’d not be forgiven for rooting for them throughout.

If stupid-funny humour is your thing, then you’ll probably find yourselves laughing on more than one occasion. Primary examples coming when Wayne is tossed out of the back of a moving truck whilst naked and when two of the main characters wrestled on the top of a house, thus crash landing on a greenhouse below! As already mentioned, not the best, but not the worst as far as Netflix comedy productions go.

“Yeah. If he’s anything like Peter Frampton, he’s cool… That guy’s a fucking genius.”

Wayne – Father of the Year

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